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Alison

Littleton, NH, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (673)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Too Many Strands Not Well Enough Developed"
    Overall

    The basic mystery/thriller component of this book is quite good. And the multitude of characters that are introduced all have something interesting about them. But overall, it is TOO much and nothing gets as well-developed as it should. This is particularly true in the last half of the book when you are raced through a resolution, when it could have been peeled back layer by layer.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5532)
    Performance
    (5035)
    Story
    (5020)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Historical Fiction at its best."
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    What did you love best about The Invention of Wings?

    Everything.


    What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

    In audio format, it would be The Help -- both books really benefit from having different voices in the narration.
    In written format, I'm not sure -- it is a fairly singular book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happily surprised by the complexity of the characters developed in this book. It is a difficult story to tell without somehow shortchanging the complexities of white-black relationships during the era in which the book is set and acknowledging the legacies of racism in our 21st century view of history. Kidd does it well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (442)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Best Silva book in last several."
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story line, great narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    For those that like the "art restorer"/art world aspects of the Silva Gabriel Allon series, this one is chock full of good references. And it integrates it well with current events in the Mideast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16488)
    Performance
    (14657)
    Story
    (14698)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Best Book I've Encountered In a Long While...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The prose is pitch perfect; the plot is intricate, but can be followed without a detailed flow chart; the issues of identity, marriage, power are deftly introduced and left without clear resolution. Also a book made for a "two voice" audible listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The turns kept coming....to the very end.


    Any additional comments?

    Best audible listen for me since The Help. I actually think it is a book made to be heard. I thought Julia Whelan did a brilliant job with Amy. She was truly "amazing."

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    Her name is Elise Freeman, and her chilling cry for help to whoever may be listening comes too late to save her. On a DVD found near her lifeless body, the emotionally and physically battered woman chronicles a year-and-a-half-long ordeal of monstrous abuse at the hands of three sadistic tormentors. But even more shocking than the lurid details is the revelation that the offenders, like their victim, are teachers at one of L.A.s most prestigious prep schools.

    Jonna says: "Really disappointed"
    "Predictable, But Still Delightful"
    Overall

    This was not a "full of surprises" kind of mystery, but it was a good listen. Since, I work in college admissions, I especially enjoyed the send-up of prep schools and the pressure on adolescents to attend the "right school."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (540)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "Gory Without Point"
    Overall

    Hmmm. I usually love David Baldacci, but this one was just a bit too gory for seemingly no reason except justifying that the bad guys are really bad, beyond imagination bad, so the good guys are justified in doing morally ambiguous things. I liked Baldacci better when he stayed inside the DC power corridor.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Alibi

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sydney Bauer
    • Narrated By Bill Ten Eyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jessica Nagoshi, the beautiful heiress to her father's billion-dollar empire, is being groomed, along with her brother Peter, to take control of Nagoshi Inc. That is, until she is brutally murdered in the greenhouse of her father's extensive Wellesley estate. Jessica was in her third year pre-law at the prestigious Deane University and the police enter the hallowed halls of the most expensive college in America to begin their investigation.

    Michaela says: "Good? .... absolutely fantastic!"
    "Who Did the Fact Checking?"
    Overall

    It was obvious that the author was not American. He knows little about US legal education and it pervades the novel. The underlying story is somewhat interesting, but the complete misunderstanding about the US legal system made this an irritating read/listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Perfection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Julie Metz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Julie Metz's life changes forever on one ordinary January afternoon when her husband, Henry, collapses on the kitchen floor and dies in her arms. Suddenly, this mother of a six-year-old is the young widow in a bucolic small town. And this is only the beginning.

    Ellen says: "Bold and surprising"
    "Enough Already"
    Overall

    The book is tedious. Initially her coping with the betrayal of her husband moves things forward. Then we just get stuck in an endless loop. Eventually, you just don't care.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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